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Schoolhouse receives another lead paint report, safety conclusions remain vague

EGREMONT —A preliminary report commissioned to determine the extent of harmful lead paint in the historic Egremont School found that two dozen items were rated “poor.”

In some instances, X-ray fluorescence analysis determined that exterior woodwork had alarmingly high ratings and were deemed unsafe.

The report, dated Sept. 24 and prepared by ATC Group Services of West Springfield, examined nearly 150 different articles within the school, ranging from common items like chairs and handrails, to exterior items such as outdoor window sills,casings and fences.

The report did not include any recommendations for current use or future use of the schoolhouse.

The town administrator and select board member, Mary Brazie, said she received the report the morning of Friday, October 12.

Brazie acknowledged that town officials “did get a preliminary report, and I can’t decipher it.”

She also said that officials in the Southern Berkshire Regional School District did not give her a copy of the report that is a public document and that it was given to her and the town by an outside source.

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